8 Things to Consider Before you sign your Mortgage Renewal

Mortgage Renewal
8 Things to Consider Before you sign your Mortgage Renewal Approximately 47% of mortgages renew this year. There are several things to consider before you sign your next mortgage renewal! Have you explored all your options? Once you receive your mortgage renewal statement, there’s nothing easier than simply signing on for another term. But while this may make sense in many cases, your family or financial situation may have changed over time.  We can look for opportunities that could better meet your needs. Are you comfortable with your payments? If you’ve been feeling financially strapped each month making your mortgage… read more >>

9 Things to do before you list your home for sale

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9 Things to do before you list your home for sale Thinking of putting your home for sale? A homeowner can be well prepared by following these 9 things to do before you list your home for sale. 1. Know why you really want to go Some reasons are obvious, such as the need to sell if you’re moving to another city or putting in an offer on a new home. Other needs may be less definite, such as outgrowing your space or concerns about cash flow. By working with a mortgage professional, you can assess financing options and the… read more >>

6 Mortgage terms every Homebuyer should know

6 Mortgage Terms Every Homebuyer should know
Mortgage terms can be daunting for a homebuyer . Understanding these 6 key mortgage terms will be helpful when you consider buying your first home! High-ratio mortgage A Homebuyer that purchase a home with a downpayment of less than 20% will have a high-ratio mortgage. All high-ratio mortgages must be covered by mortgage loan insurance (also known as “mortgage insurance”). The three mortgage default insurers in Canada are CMHC, Genworth and Canada Guaranty. Low-ratio mortgage Also known as a conventional mortgage, a low-ratio mortgage is one where the homebuyer has made a downpayment of 20% or more of the home’s… read more >>

5 Money Smart Ways to Use Your Tax Refund

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5 Money Smart Ways to Use Your Tax Refund Most of us never expect to get much of a refund, or maybe you are one of the lucky ones who can count of getting one each year. Be Money Smart - make sure you have a plan in place, otherwise, like all large sums of money if you don’t do anything with it, it will get spent one way or another! Here are 5 Smart ways to use Your Tax Refund: 1. Contribute it to your RSP This will benefit you again at the next tax time as you will… read more >>

3 Quick Tips for Making an Offer on a Home

Making an Offer on a Home? Ideal homes often receive offers within days of being listed.  A buyer can increase their chances of securing their ideal home by being prepared! 3 Quick Tips for Making an offer on a Home: 1) Visit a Mortgage Broker Sit down with a Mortgage Broker and find out what you qualify for. It isn’t just about getting preapproved with a great rate.  It is about being prepared for when you do put an offer in. Know what you qualify for, know roughly what your payments will be and what costs are associated with purchasing… read more >>

Interest Rates Rise

Prime Interest Rate Increased What is the affect on your Variable Rate Mortgage? It had been anticipated that Bank of Canada was going to increase their prime lending interest rate and they did by 0.25%.  Banks followed suit and increased their prime lending rate by 0.25%. There has been quite a stir recently putting many homeowners in a panic that rates were going to spike up quickly and concerns with those who are currently in variable rate mortgages. Banks prime rate increased to 2.95%, just under 3% that it was at September 2010.  It is a small increase of a… read more >>

Homebuyers face an Increase in CMHC premiums in 2017

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Changes to Mortgage Default Premiums on March 17, 2017 Mortgage insurance Mortgage default insurance, commonly referred to as CMHC insurance, protects the lender in the case the borrower defaults on the mortgage. Mortgage default insurance is required on all mortgages with down payments of less than 20%, which are known as high ratio mortgages. This premium is added onto your mortgage balance and factored into your monthly principle and interest payment. How Much more will I be paying for my Mortgage Default Premium? Say you are purchasing a $300,000 home with 5% down ($15,000), 5 yr fixed rate is 2.69%. Before… read more >>

New Rules Limit First Time Homebuyers

Last week  (Oct. 2016),  the Federal government announced tighter mortgage rules that will affect home buyers, especially First Time Homebuyers. The tightened mortgage lending rules will limit the amount many Canadians can borrow to help ensure that when interest rates rise, they’ll still be able to make their payments. These new rules take effect Oct 17, 2016 Under the new rules, there is a stress test for all home buyers that are putting less than 20% down. The stress test is where borrowers must qualify for their mortgage using a higher interest rate than they will actually be paying on their mortgage. Currently the… read more >>

Types of Insurance when buying a home

4 Types of Insurance Related to your home MORTGAGE DEFAULT INSURANCE is an added premium into your home mortgage. Mortgage default insurance is required for those with a High-Ratio mortgage (less than 20% down) or borrowers with higher risk. This policy is in place to protect lenders from risk of borrower default. The 3 mortgage default insurers in Canada are CMHC, Genworth & Canada Guaranty. You purchased a big investment and you are going to want to insure the building & contents with FIRE & HOME INSURANCE.  Fire insurance policies pay out the mortgage lender if the house burns down. Mortgages won’t fund unless lender… read more >>

What Are Your Real Closing Costs?

What are Closing Costs? Congrats! You saved for a downpayment and now you are ready to buy. The mortgage and downpayment cover the purchase price of the home. There are other costs involved with purchasing a home, referred to closing costs.  Consider these when you are budgeting for the full cost of your purchase. Appraisal - if you are purchasing a private sale, you will require an appraisal. If you are purchasing a home with 20% down, chances are you may need an appraisal as well. Approx. cost $250-$350. Home Inspection - Whether you are buying a brand new home… read more >>